5 Years Ago: Arriving at Disney World for the Disney College Program

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Arriving at the DCP for fall semester.

Five years ago this week, we arrived at Disney World to do the Disney College Program.

We started a little blog – Two Disney Sisters – for our family and friends to follow along with us on our Disney journey.

Our blog has now been viewed over 3.5 million times from people on every continent from the Arctic to Antarctica, living in every country on the planet.

To date, we’ve posted 1,163 Disney blogs and over 10,000 photos.

Below is the very first blog that we posted on August 5, 2013: DCP Move-In Day!

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8am:  The check-in line. So HOT!!!!!!

Check-in Line at 8am was out the door and down the parking lot in the hot August sun!

Check-in line at 8am was out the door and down the parking lot in the hot August sun! So humid!! 😦

We have arrived at the DCP!!!

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Welcome to the DCP Program!

Today is Move-In Day!

Today we woke up at 6am to be ready to line up at 8am in front of Vista Way.

DCP apartment locations

DCP apartment locations

It was super easy to find Vista Way. It was just along Highway I-4 and we could see it from the street! We pulled in and Uncle Peter dropped us off to get in line while he was going back to the hotel.

We were told to not get there before 7am and check in was between 8-10am. When we got there at 8am, the line was already around the side of the building and down the other side!

We waited in that line for more than an hour. It was hot, 97 degrees with humidity and no shade! I can’t tell you how much everyone was just pouring sweat! I was so worried because I knew we’d have to take a picture when we got inside and I was worried about my makeup melting off!

From the look of it, Elly was the only one in line who had brought a water bottle! At one point, I tried fanning my face with my hand and I literally felt nothing! So hot and sticky!

We got to the front of the line and handed in our DORMS forms. Then, we waited indoors for our housing. Elly and I are rooming together in Chatham Square! We wanted a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment, but we got a 3 bedroom instead. 😦

Then, we waited in another line and got our roles. I am working in Animal Kingdom at Discovery Island! It is right by the Tree of Life. Yay! I’m so excited because DAK has the shortest hours and we can wear shorts! 🙂

Elly got the Pin Traders role at Downtown Disney. She’ll probably get long hours because Magic Kingdom and DTD always stay open really late in the summer, sometimes until 2am!

We finally finished up around 10:30am and Aunt Barbara and Uncle Peter met up with us and took us to our apartment.

Disney Intern Housing at Chatham Square

Our apartment is at Chatham Square, not Vista Way, because we are both over 21.

Chatnam Square is so nice! The buildings are really pretty, blue and white plantation style, newly painted. We will have 4 other roommates living with us.

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Outside our DCP apartment.

We immediately had to check out a vacuum because everything just seemed really dirty! We moved all the furniture around to get all vacuumed. The vacuum actually broke because there was so much hair wrapped around the filter! Yuck!

Walking to Disney Casting with Caroline.

Caroline walking into Disney Casting.

We went to Casting next at 1pm. We took the bus from Vista Way to Casting and got there by 1:30pm. We were told it should take under an hour but we were there for over 3 hours.

At Disney Casting, finding Hidden Mickeys in the sparkles on the wall!

Elly at Disney Casting, finding Hidden Mickeys in the sparkles on the wall!

It was just lines and lines and lines! But, at least I found out when I get to start working. I have a great start! My first work day isn’t until the 11th and then my first costumed day is the 13th.  That’s great because it means I can spend the whole week with mom and dad in the Parks having fun!

Here’s the rest of my week:
Tuesday:  Move all our stuff in and get organized.  We are playing around with the idea about getting a day pass to hang in the parks for the afternoon.
Wednesday:  Mandatory dorm meeting at 1pm at the Commons. Afternoon free.
Thursday:  Traditions class! Have to be on the bus by 6:45am to get there at 8am. First paid day and we have to wear professional clothes. We will receive our work ID and our name badge. Yay! Then we can finally get into the parks for free!!! Spend the night in the parks with mom and dad!
Friday: Elly’s birthday! Hopefully going to the parks, maybe Epcot!

Elly’s first work day is on August 8th, then she has her birthday off, and then she works again on Friday. She’ll have a lot more hours than me this semester.

I’m just so happy that Elly and I got to room together! We are in the apartments we wanted and we got awesome roles! And it’s really great mom and dad are here this first week to hang out with us!  (They drove down Elly’s car from Colorado so we would have a car here during our program.)

I don’t know how we could have done it without the help and support of Aunt Barbara and Uncle Peter. Picking us up from the airport in Fort Myers a couple days ago, driving us all around, helping us shop for apartment stuff, driving us here to Orlando!

We are so thankful to be at Disney World today!!! 🙂

Here is what our apartment looks like:

Our Bedroom

Elly’s twin bed on left.

We are in a 3 bedroom (6 girls) apartment at Chatham Square.  The ceilings are really high (9′) and the apartment is roomy.  We like it a lot!

We got our bedroom all decorated and the beds made up. The bedrooms are huge and each has it’s own private bath with tub/shower. The bathroom is big too, we got a small 3 drawer cabinet from Walmart to put our stuff in.   We love the walk-in closet in our bedroom, lots of room to store stuff.  The washers/dryers are across from us.

The apartment’s A/C is fabulous.  We keep it set to 72 degrees and have a small fan in the bedroom for nighttime.

Elly’s side of the room:

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We’ll need to take all the stuff off the walls during inspection week.

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My side.  The cork board came with the room and we’ve covered it with Disney fabric from Walmart.

Each bedroom comes with 2 very firm twin beds, a large dresser with mirror, and two nightstands.  We’re glad we bought foam mattress pads for our beds!!!

Some more photos of our apartment:  Chatham Apartment Photos

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Follow along with us as we begin our fabulous Disney journey this fall!

Adventure is out there!

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What is Disney Bounding?

Disney Bounding

What to wear Disney Bounding as Cinderella.

Disney Bounding:  When Disney fans dress up as contemporary versions of their favorite characters and go to the theme parks.
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August 2018:  We love this photo of a grandmother – mom – granddaughter all Disney Bounding as Snow White at Epcot!!! ❤

Disney Bounding is a way of dressing up as your favorite character using inspired color palettes, accessories, and clothing styles to look like the character, without actually being in a Disney costume. You simply use items from your own wardrobe to pull together a terrific look.

Having some cold ice cream, yes, it's a Mickey Bar!

Disney Bounding as Frozen characters.

Not sure what you’re going to wear to this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) yet? If you don’t have the time or money for an all out Disney costume, what about Disney Bounding? (This goes for the guys too!)

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At MNSSHP

We Disney Bounded last year for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in November.

Some Disney Bounding ideas (photos from the internet):

Cinderella at the Ball

Cinderella at the Ball

Cinderella in rags.

Cinderella in rags.

Evil stepsisters

Evil stepsisters

Toy Story

Toy Story

Hunchback

Hunchback

White Rabbit (yes that's NPH!)

White Rabbit (yes that’s NPH with his husband and twins!)

UP

UP characters

101 Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians

Genie from Aladdin

Genie from Aladdin

Hippo from Fantasia

Hippo from Fantasia

Jane from Tarzan

Jane from Tarzan

Hercules

Hercules

Minnie Mouse.  (We've seen versions of this a lot!)

Minnie Mouse. (We’ve seen versions of this bounding a lot at the parks!)

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Snow White

Snow White

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Disney Bounding as Snow White is probably the most popular:

You just need a little yellow, royal blue & cherry red...

You just need a little yellow, royal blue & cherry red…

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So pretty!!

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Perfect!

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Two Disney Princesses at MNSSHP!

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Caroline Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Still need more ideas? Check out these Disney Bounding ideas on tumblr: http://disneybound.tumblr.com/

Disney Bounding for all the Princesses

Disney Bounding color ideas for all the Princesses!

Official Disney rules on wearing costumes at the theme parks: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/parks/recommended-dress/

Disney Bounding as Princess Tiana:   https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2016/07/24/disney-bounding-as-princess-tiana/

Disney Bounding as “Frozen” characters: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/disney-bounding-3-frozen/

Disney Bounding as Dole Whip: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/disney-bounding-2/

Disney Bounding as a Disney Princess: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/disney-bounding/

Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at work.

Caroline Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at work.

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October 31, 2017: Princess Anna going to work.

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Caroline Disney Bounding as Princess Ariel at a CU-Boulder party!

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Disney Bounding as Rapunzel.

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale
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Two Disney Sisters

Disney is Banning Plastic Straws Worldwide

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Disney is banning single use plastic straws worldwide.

In an effort to keep moving forward with their environmental protection efforts, The Walt Disney Company announced Thursday it is going to eliminate all single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at its locations across the world by mid-2019, a reduction of more than 175 million straws and 13 million plastic stirrers each year.

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Caroline enjoying an icy Starbucks drink at DAK.  That’s a paper straw in the drink.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom banned plastic straws and cup lids from the time it opened in 1998.  Since the Creature Comfort Starbucks store at DAK opened in 2015, the drink straws offered to guests are made of rolled paper.

Disney is also transitioning from individual in-room amenities to refillable in-room amenities in its resort hotels and Disney Cruise Line ships. The refillable shampoo and conditioner bottles will reduce 80 percent of plastic from guest rooms.

Along with these moves, Disney is reducing the amount of plastic shopping bags in its stores. Reusable shopping bags are being offered for a small fee.

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Disney’s Environmental Conservation Goals.

“Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products. “These new global efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, and advance our long-term sustainability goals.”

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Starbucks + Disney = Perfect Day!

Walt Disney World is joining Starbucks, American Airlines, Marriott, the cities of Seattle and San Francisco, and other cities by announcing a ban on plastic straws.

Starbucks will do away with plastic straws by 2020, a plan aimed at eliminating more than one billion straws a year.

McDonald’s launched a new set of goals earlier this year: by 2025 all restaurants packaging, including straws, will be from renewable, recycled, or certified sustainable sources.

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We love visiting the Creature Comfort Starbucks and don’t mind the paper straws at all.  ❤

We support this effort 100%!

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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The Magic Kingdom’s Big Chief Seegar

On Main Street USA with Big Chief Seegar.

On Main Street USA with ‘Big Chief Seegar’ (green cape).  He’s only 5 feet tall!

Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland once featured tobacco shops on their respective Main Streets.

Walt Disney World’s tobacco shop closed in the mid-1980s. The Cigar Store Indian, Big Chief Seegar (say his name out loud!) remains as a tribute. Today, he can be found in front on the Crystal Arts shop, on the northeast corner of Main and Center Street at the Magic Kingdom.

That’s him above in the green cape.

But, there’s another one at WDW too!

Big Chief Pipum at Frontierland

Big Chief Pipum at Frontierland (red cape)

Most guests don’t know that you can find the twin to the Main Street Cigar Store Indian in Frontierland, Big Chief Pipum.  He has a red cape.

That one can be found on the porch in front of Prairie Outpost & Supply.  At one time, this location also sold tobacco products, but not for thirty years now.

On our first visit to the Magic Kingdom, 1993.  Seeing the Chief for the 1st time!

1993:  On my first visit to the Magic Kingdom – Seeing the Chief for the 1st time with my mom!

When the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, the park featured a shop called “The Tobacconist”.  That shop was located on the west side of the street, between the House of Magic and the Refreshment Corner (now Casey’s corner).  The shop sold tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, hand carved pipes, and loose leaf tobacco.  In the early-1980s, the shop was closed, but tobacco products could still be purchased across the street at the Market House for a few more years.  The Cigar Store Indian Big Chief Seegar was moved down the street to its present location to reflect the change.

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This is the Cigar Store Indian at Disneyland. (He doesn’t have a cool name.)  He wears a blue cape.

Since 2000, tobacco products are no longer sold in any of the Disney parks, but the Cigar Store Indian remains at most of the Disney parks, providing an ever vigilant watch over Main Street, USA and providing a glimpse of Disney World’s past.

Traditionally known as a “Cigar Store Indian” or “Wooden Indian”, statues such as these were used as an advertising figure made to represent tobacconists, much like barber poles advertise barber shops or three gold balls advertise pawn shops.

These figures were three-dimensional sculptures several feet tall up to life-sized.  But, how did an Indian come to represent tobacco products?  American Indians were associated with tobacco since they had introduced the product to Europeans in the 1600s.  The Indian statue served as a visual magnet, drawing the attention of passersbys to the store. 

Throwback Thursday photo with the Chief.

1996:  #TBT Photo – Throwback Thursday photo with the Chief and my sister.

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

Applying to the Spring/Spring Advantage 2019 DCP Program

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Find out where the sky meets the sea….

Feeling adventurous in 2019?  Made a resolution to change your life?

The Disney College Program might be just what you’re looking for!

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Application for Spring DCP program will open next month!

The DCP Spring/Spring Advantage 2019 application will be opening soon, August 20th!

In the meantime, join the Spring 2019 DCP facebook page: DCPSpring2019

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Get ready! August 20th!

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These are the main DCP programs at Disney World and Disneyland in 2019:

Program Dates

There are 5 main DCP programs at WDW and 4 main DCP programs at DLR.

Spring 2019 Program

Students should apply and interview in late August 2018 – late October 2018

Program begins early/mid January 2019 and ends in early/mid May 2019

Spring Advantage 2019 Program

Students should apply and interview late August 2018 – late October 2018

Program begins mid January/early February 2019 and ends in early/mid August 2019

Fall 2018 Program  

Students should have applied/interviewed January 2018 – late March 2018

Program begins early/mid August 2018 and ends in early January 2019

Fall Advantage 2018 Program 

Students should have applied/interviewed January 2018 – late March 2018

Program began late May/early June 2018 and ends in early January 2019

Quarter Session Programs

There are also specialized program time frames for students who attend schools that follow a quarter or trimester academic calendar.

Summer Program

The summer-only program is only for DCP Alumni who have successfully completed their program and are in Good Standing with the company. 

Summer 2018 Program began mid-to-late May/early June 2018 and ends in early August 2018 (10 weeks).

Winter Program

The Winter Holiday program is only for DCP Alumni who have successfully completed their program and are in Good Standing with the company. 

Winter 2017 Program began mid-to-late November/early December 2017 and ended in early January/February 2018 (5-8 weeks).
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Check out all the current Disney employment openings at:  Disney College Program Careers

This program is currently offered at both at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, FL and the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA. During the application process, candidates will be given the opportunity to express interest in one or both locations. (It is not necessary to apply separately.) A Disney College Program participant’s wage will vary between $10.00 – $12.75 per hour, based upon the role that he/she is selected to perform. Participants may also be eligible for premium pay in select roles and will learn their exact rate of pay upon receiving an invitation.

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Link to get email notifications for future openings:  http://disneyinternsinfo.com/

DCP Program info

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What role do you want to apply for???

Fun Roles for Cast Members at WDW

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Celebrating the 4th of July 2018 at Disney World

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Mickey and Minnie at Epcot on 4th of July

Yes, it’s the most crowded day in July at Disney World, which is also the busiest attendance month at WDW, but, heck yes, it’s a lot of fun!

Just go with the right attitude and you’ll have fun!

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July 3, 2018, 8pm: Rain is clearing out and the crowds are arriving for the fireworks show.

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July 4th, 2017, 8pm:  Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom.  VERY CROWDED AND HOT!!!!

Expect the parks to be packed, especially the Magic Kingdom, with crazy long ride lines and food lines, and just go with the flow. 🙂

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July 3rd and 4th, 2018

The celebration starts on July 3rd and continues into July 4th!

Can’t make it?  Watch the Live Fireworks Stream of the fireworks! (8:55pm EDT)

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Special holiday pins will be available at the Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom – Special ‘Celebrate America’ Fireworks Over the Castle!

Expect 15 minutes of impressive – and LOUD – pyrotechnics rising not just above the Cinderella Castle, but all around the park. Independence Day is one of the few fireworks displays, along with the Halloween and Christmas versions, that utilize the perimeter bursts, making it seem like the fireworks are all around you.

As you may expect, the fireworks display is accompanied by a rousing patriotic soundtrack that is designed to speak to the soul of America.

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The Magic Kingdom is more fun on the 4th of July after the sun sets and it starts to cool off a little.

DJ Dance Parties!
Boogie down with 2 uniquely themed dance parties at Magic Kingdom park:

  • Independence Day Party in Frontierland: Mosey on over to Frontierland for a star-spangled celebration featuring some favorite country tunes.
  • Independence Day Party in Tomorrowland:Moonwalk your way to Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland for a rockin’ revelry featuring a live DJ and terrestrial tunes.
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4th of July gang celebrating at Epcot

These DJ dance parties will be held the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, July 3, 2018 — From 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 4, 2018 — From 7:00 PM to midnight
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July 4th:  Mickey will be at his meet & greet in Epcot outside American Pavilion.

Unofficial Tip:  Think you’ll watch the fireworks from the beach at the Polynesian Resort? You and a lot of other folks are thinking the same thing! Disney will be checking Magic Bands for beach guests on the 3rd and 4th , and parking will be restricted to resort guests only.

Celebrate America - A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky fireworks over Cinderella Castle

‘Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky’ Fireworks over Cinderella Castle

July 3, 2018:

9:15 pm – “Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” Fireworks

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Expect special lighting on Cinderella Caste both before and during the show.

July 4, 2018:

Magic Kingdom – 9:15 pm: “Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” Fireworks

Epcot – Special Characters will be out and Special Fireworks Show: Heartbeat of Freedom!

Goofy is from France, Donald from Mexico, Minnie from USA.

We saw Statue of Liberty Minnie Mouse!

July 4, 2018: Throughout the day, Disney characters in their patriotic costumes will appear on the promenade near The American Adventure.

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Hello 4th of July Minnie and Mickey!  We’ve seen this minnie!

The talented Voices of Liberty, a cappella singing group, will perform traditional Americana tunes for a 4th of July Concert on the America Gardens Theater stage at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 pm.

The vibrant American Music Machine will perform pop hits, at 12pm, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 3:50 pm.

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July 4th:  Special fireworks show at Epcot, The Heartbeat of Freedom. WOW!!!

10:00 pm – IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will feature “The Heartbeat of Freedom” fireworks show, a special 5-minute patriotic fireworks finale added onto illumiNations. [Note that this is 1 hour later than the usual 9pm IllumiNations show.]

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Mickey and pals in their 4th of July outfits.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:  Rock the 4th with Star Wars fireworks!

July 4, 2018:   10 pm – Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration: “Star Wars – A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show for the evening’s celebrations. The brand new Toy Story Land is OPEN!

July 4th fireworks at DHS

July 4th fireworks at DHS

Animal Kingdom:  See the new Rivers of Light Show!

There are no special 4th of July events planned at Animal Kingdom. There are never firework events at DAK as they would scare the animals.  But, the new light show around the Tree of Life is cool!

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There are no special holiday events planned at DS.

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It's the 4th of July!  One of the Top 5 busiest days of the year!!

It’s the 4th of July! One of the Top 5 busiest days of the year at MK!!

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Nobody does 4th of July fireworks shows better than Disney!  WOW!!!

Fireworks over Cinderella Castle

9pm:  Seeing special fireworks over Cinderella Castle with special music.  🙂

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Mickey in yet another one of his patriotic outfits!

Caroline wrote a blog about celebrating the 4th of July at Disney World in 2015:

Read it here:  4th of July at Disney!

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07/04/2017, 9pm:  One last Castle shot before the fireworks show began.

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Pin Trading at Disney’s Aulani Resort

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I am Moana of Motunui. You will board my boat and restore the heart to Te Fiti.

Wondering where to pin trade at Disney’s Aulani Resort?

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Pin trading board and you can still trade vinylmations here!

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Guess which vinyl I traded for????

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Having a look at the pin book this morning.

There are five different locations at the resort that have Disney pin boards for you to check out and pin trade with if you see something you like.

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Duffy and Shelly Mae are really big here, especially with the Japanese guests.

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Had to buy these pins!!!!!!!! ❤

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Only available at Aulani DVC.

Just ask to see the books at the Concierge Desk, the DVC Preview Center, the Lava Shack (near the pool), Aunty’s Beach House, and Kalepa (one of the gift shops at the resort).

The best pins are at the DVC Preview Center.  There, three different cast members wear pin lanyards and they refresh their pins often.

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LE Moana pin.

The resort carries unique, limited edition Aulani pins you can only get at the hotel itself.  Kalepa Gift Shop always has a nice selection of special Hawaiian pins.

hawaii2Another location to get Disney Hawaiian pins is at the Disney Store in the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu.  This Disney Store has unique Hawaiian pins for sale from $8.99-$20.  Currently, the cast members aren’t trading pins with guests, but you never know when that will change, so always have a few traders with you.  The Twice Upon a Year Sale is happening there now.

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Celebrating Dole Whip!

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Aloha, Island friends!

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Aloha!

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Our Dole Whip with chunks of fresh pineapple. So good! – at the Dole Plantation

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Disney’s Aulani Resort